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Where the Corner Frame Shop eats around town 



ver since I moved to Leucadia I’ve had an affinity for the Corner Frame Shop and the folks that work there. The combination of the amazing location on Coast Robert Renzoni, owner and winemaker, tastes new releases with asHighway that is full of sistant winemaker Olivia Bue, at Robert Renzoni Vineyards in Temewarmth and charm, the fun    

 cula. Photo by Frank Mangio and engaging staff, and of course their stellar framing make it my favorite place to get that special piece framed. In addition to all those endearing qualities, it’s just one of those places that is a pleasure to hang out at, and From left: Becca Gherardini, Kelli Thompson and Morgan Mallory of the Corner Frame Shop & Art Gallery in really, how many stores can Leucadia share where they like to eat around town. Photo by David Boylan you say that about?   Officially called Cor- places to eat around town, into a little brown box with in. That being said, I depend awarded overall best wine ner Frame Shop & Leucadia so we caught up recently to all the accouterments. I’ve on Captain Keno's and the at the most recent  “East been eating California bur- Pannikin to always make Art Gallery, they have been talk food.  Meets Westâ€? Wine Chalsatisfying art, mirror and lenge with 1,300 wines I’ll start with design ritos from Karina’s since I me feel at home.  It’s cerpicture framing needs for consultant and framer Kelli was 12, and an honorable tainly not farm-to-table, but in competition, in Santa mention goes to Pandora’s at Captain Keno's if you’re more than three decades. Thompson. Rosa. hungry all you need is litThey have the largest selecGrgich Hills ChardonKelli shares my opinion for amazing pizza.â€? frank mangio Nice picks Kelli, I will erally $5. Plus, they have nay, Napa Valley, 2013.  tion of frames in the coun- on the local food scene and ty and expert design assis- put it perfectly: “There’s have to revisit the Karina’s been there for 70 years! $43.  This is a pre release ince the TASTE and should be ready for tance.  never been a more exciting California burrito though, Just north of there is a big OF WINE re- purchase in May.  Mike GrThe Leucadia Art Gal- culinary time in Leucadia, I’ve been stuck on Juanita’s yellow train station built lease of its Top gich is celebrating the 40th version for so long that it’s in 1888.  That’s where the lery displays a variety of and I’m hungry.â€? Ten Tastes of year of the “Paris Tastingâ€? Pannikin has been serving art and mediums, including She added, “For classic time to mix it up.  2015, we have reviewed when, in 1976, his 1973 Becca Gherardini is an- fabulous coffee and tea and originals in oil, acrylic, and comfort, a patty melt smothmore than 400 wines the Napa Valley Chardonnay giclee editions and sculp- ered in onions from A Lit- other one of the fine design their house made muffins first few months of 2016 bested all the Chardontures by fine local artists tle More hits the spot. For consultants and framers are simply the best.  Make and found lots to cheer nays that the French could mostly depicting local im- something unique, I head and a local’s local, having sure to ask for them toastabout. Many were from offer.  Since then he has ed! I always drip their free ages. to Le Papagayo for crab en- grown up in Leucadia. the outstanding 2012 and been called “the King of Her thoughts on the honey all over mine.  If you They capture the inde- chiladas or salad with man2013 vintages, so the only Chardonnayâ€? and the acpendent and creative spirit gos, nuts and hearts of palm changes under way in Leu- want eggs, go for the Greek thing I found difficult was colade is never more true of Leucadia perfectly and I with mint vinaigrette that cadia are spot on: “I’m old eggs...they are as consistent limiting my picks to eight than in the 2013 vintage, wanted to get to know own- I’m crazy about. Sometimes school, so as Leucadia slow- as it gets.â€?  to fit into the space of this with its natural acidity, Wow, so cool that you er Morgan Mallory and his we order Fish 101, and one ly gentrifies, I feel a responcolumn. team a little better and find of my favorites is the three sibility to stay true to the tropical flavors and notes Napa Valley again of minerality. out some of their favorite fresh tacos tucked neatly Leucadia ‘funk’ I grew up TURN TO LICK THE PLATE ON B15 showed why it is the most Maison Nicolas Perrin prestigious wine country Crozes-Hermitage, Rhone in the world.  Half the Valley, France.  2013.  choices were from this $20.  Who says fine French blessed part of California. Although Napa Valley is TURN TO TASTE OF WINE ON B15 best known for its Cabernet Sauvignon, this list shows diversity with Merlot, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay as well as Cabernet. Price quotes are the best I could find and the list is shown alphabetically with no regard for ranking.  They are all equally excellent.                Duckhorn Merlot, Napa Valley, 2012.  $26.99.  LUNCHEON SPECIALS & Dan Duckhorn’s focus Piatti di Antipasti for his winery has always EARLY BIRD DINNERS been to make Merlot his Savory Italian meat and cheese boards signature wine varietal, Monday - Friday Piatti di Panini after many trips to BorCall For Hours deaux France.  “I like the Assorted homemade Italian sandwiches softness, the seductiveHomemade Pastas ness, the color and the fact HAPPY HOUR it goes with many foods A selection of sauces and pastas so well,â€?he said.  A slight Monday - Friday, 4:30-7pm Prepared Dinners blend of Cabernet gives it depth and structure. Prepared meals ready to heat and serve Great Taco Bar! Frank Family Pinot with minimal preparation Noir, Napa Valley, 2013.  $26.99.  Pinot Noir is the 607 Valley Ave Dine-In • Take-Out • Delivery current “Glamour Queenâ€? Solana Beach of the reds.  Sometimes For catered events contact testy and not for all vine858.755.5292 yards, but when done right it’s a sensual, lush and 2943 State Street | # 102 | Carlsbad 92008 vory wine, with cherry/ To place an order for pick-up or take-out, call berry and complimentary 760-720-0188 fig notes.  This wine was



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